Robert Quackenbush, the author and illustrator of more than two hundred books for young readers, is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and also has a master’s degree in social studies and a PhD in childhood education. Quackenbush’s many books include Henry the Duck, Detective Mole, Miss Mallard, Pete Pack Rat, and Sheriff Sally Gopher. He is the three-time winner of the American Flag Institute Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature and winner of an Edgar Allan Poe Special Award for best juvenile mystery. He lives in New York City with his wife, Margery, director of NAAP. Their now adult son, Piet, was the inspiration for many of the author’s books when he was growing up.
About My Many Books for Young Readers
Fiction and non-fiction pictures books and chapter books for all for ages written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
"About" from the Simon and Schuster Summer 2018 Catalog
Parents reading to their children when they are very young is the best way I have found to raise a child to love books and reading. Then, by having them write and illustrate their own stories, when they are ready, inspires them with further with a love of books and reading.
Aladdin Books of Simon & Schuster Children's Book Division is launching 29 of my books out into the world in sparkly new editions that include 15 Miss Mallard Mysteries for Aladdin's QUIX program, 10 Henry the Duck picture books, .and 4 Sherlock Chick picture book mysteries.
All of the many books I have written and illustrated are each favorites to me because they are like diaries. Each tells a specific moment in my life when I was at work creating them.
Children have always been the source of my inspiration for all the books I have written and illustrated. When my son was growing up, he was my inspiration as were the children in the after school art classes I have offered at my studio over the years. And now my son's two children, Aidan and Emma, provide new inspiration. So whenever I am in need of some inspiration I look to children.
Like my father, who was a man who loved children, that is the way I want to be remembered, too.
Curiousity. Most of my books are about exploring and finding the answers to things, whether told in mysteries or comic adventures such as Henry the Duck books about a disaster prone duck and his misadventures with titles like HENRY'S AWFUL MISTAKE in which he demolishes his house during his quest to get rid of a pesky ant.
Getting started. It is like stage fright. But I follow the suggestion I tell my students whenever I am faced with a blank sheet of paper to start my next book: "Make a mark on the sheet of paper and then you are on your way!"